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Sep 25, 2012 6:00am EDT
as i believe every american was that what occurred in both egypt and libya. in egypt, the embassy was overrun. by cops. the egyptian cops didn't protect the embassy. and libya the military, libbey military, libyan cops ran away. didn't protect the embassy. and in addition and worst of all was the fact that the ambassador was murdered, killed so to speak. i'm not sure exactly how, whether he was succeeded at how it actually occurred. along with three other consular personnel. that i did not believe that the american response was adequate. the egyptian -- strike that. the american embassy in egypt initially put out a statement which was denunciatory of the video that some muslims were saying was the reason for the attacks, and was not sufficiently denunciatory of the egyptian government, in my judgment, then hillary put out a significant statement which was followed then by the white house repudiating the american embassy as state income and making a statement calling the egyptian government to task. in libya, we were more conciliatory because the libyan president had denounced the
Sep 11, 2012 6:00am EDT
though libya was the trium of limited -- triumph of limited uses of force, there hasn't been a repeat performance since. and if drones were the easy way to decide wars in our favor, we would have seen progress, presumably, in syria, yemen or mali by now, and yet that hasn't r hasn't happened. so as much as they are an important tool, as peter said, as much as they cause all these controversies -- rightly so, as peter said -- they are not always going to be a silver bullet. >> can i just add one point to that? also the drones we have today, the uavs we have today are primarily only useful in a permissive air environment where we've already either taken out the air defenses as we did in libya or where we already own the air space like in iraq and afghanistan. that's what makes these systems able to operate. they cannot operate, many of them that we have right now, the vast majority of them cannot operate in a denied environment where you've got surface to air fissiles that could target them and shoot them down. they're relatively defenseless. so i think if we're going to maintain this a
Sep 26, 2012 7:30am EDT
. >> governor kaine, turning to libya, there's been reports in recent days suggesting the u.s. consulate in benghazi may not have enough security to spice mornings of heightened despair. you think the obama administration could've handled this situation better either before or after that attack? kaine: i don't know the details and we've got to study at ensure the answer to the question is yes. when something goes wrong there's always something you could have done better. en i was governor my darkest day was april of 2007 when there was a shooting at virginia tech. the most significant crime in the history of the state. and i just landed in japan on a trade mission and then i got right back on the plane and flew back. i spend time dealing with grieving family members in that community. and what i said from day one is we're going to put in place a panel of people with a broad expertise have no connection of virginia tech and we will have them turn it upside down to determine everything that could've been done different. so we cn minimize the chance that anything like that will ever happen
Sep 14, 2012 6:00am EDT
a united states ambassador in libya, and on the front page of the financial times this morning, the headline reads that now moody's might join the s&p as downgrading the united states good credit ratings. excellent credit ratings. both of those project serious threats to the united states. one, how do we continued our diplomatic efforts, our military and economic efforts abroad to export, to engage the world, to explain american values, and make sure our people are safe overseas. and, to come how do we protect that great credit rating of made in the u.s.a. i am an optimist. i believe that we can achieve these outcomes. the cairo book that many people are reading this past summer talks about great leadership, but it also quotes walter lippman and james reston talking about the worst congress they have ever seen in terms of the gridlock. and we overcame that. just as i am optimistic we will overcome gridlock on capitol hill that we see today. two ways around that are great leadership, bipartisan leadership, democrats and republicans working together as they did 15 years ago for a
Sep 20, 2012 6:00am EDT
consider senseless attacks in libya last week. i honor them and the thousands of civilian federal employees overseas who risk their lives everyday in service to this country. we all of a debt of gratitude to those who have made essential contributions to fighting terrorism and fighting against it. in the face of domestic and international threats, we really rely on these workers to keep us safe. in and we will continue to try to help these workers. and also i want to commend the departments of our witnesses for your increased efforts for protecting our nation against terrorist attacks and for your partnerships that you have been bringing about so that we can have the best kind of efforts made for our country, and also for the training of the 230,000 law enforcement officials to help in this effort. and i want to commend you for all of that. at my request i want to tell the panel that gao issued a report last week that highlighted troubling vulnerabilities in the security of radiological materials used in medical facilities across the country. terrorists could steal these materials and build
Sep 27, 2012 6:00am EDT
are actively engaged in writing their constitutions. libya will becoming engaged in that shortly. we want to help these nations in the transition, want to get them economic health and so forth, but what she we do if they write in their constitution things regarding, for example, the rights of women or the rights of different religious communities that, that we find highly troubling, that we think are a backward step or things related to the freedom of the media or the independence of the judiciary? should they be conditions -- shouldn't there be conditions? should we engage in quiet dialogue wax these are likely to arise. >> i think we should speak up and tell them we think these are problematic, because with the trends of history in recent years and not in accord with some of the u.n. documents that are out there. so that we should have no reservation on speaking out. but always remember, it is their constitution. you will see i think most of these nations were talking about will put something in there about being islamic nation, and that's not something i think we would have basis of ob
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